The last home video release of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast in 2011 came complete with 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Copy. If your family has not obtained an updated release, this 25th anniversary edition of the animated feature offers more bonus features plus a peak at the all new live action telling of the fairy tale that has lived on for decades. The Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” new live action film will be released in theaters March of 2017. Read more
Continuing with a TV series of animated fun The Lion Guard: Unleash the Power is now available on DVD. The fun filled spin off from The Lion King has an adventurous theme for the kids and features many family values and behaviors like bravery and friendship. The animation has characters that are cute and cuddly and anxious to save the pride lands from predators. Read more
Director Jon Favreau turns family viewing up a notch with a darker version of the 1997 animated The Jungle Book. Now on Blu-ray/DVD the live action with a copious amounts of computer generated images, Favreau takes the classic into the 21st century with realism beyond belief. Adding a lot of action to his film the movie becomes more of a jungle battle than an innocent romp in the trees and vegetation while coming in contact with some comical characters. It’s not the family musical you saw many years ago, but the story stays intact and fun to watch. Read more
Although it is about Pete and Elliot the dragon, Pete’s Dragon is a far cry from the live action and animated musical that we loved and filled our dreams as children. This Pete’s Dragon has a modern twist that sets even PG viewers on the edge of their seats. From the opening scary car crash involving Pete’s parents, to the hostile way they have to capture Elliot the dragon, the film spans a mystery, adventure and fantasy that both endears and shocks. Read more
Very funny and creative The Secret Life of Pets puts together a raucous little ditty filled with some very cute characters. The story idea may not be original as it takes a premise much like that of Toy Story, but this animated film delivers a lot of twists for the more mature children. From the gang that gave us Despicable Me and Minions, the art style works here as does the similar sometimes dark comedy. Safe for most of the family, especially those that have matured, the movie spools out nicely for teens to twenties as well. Read more
Cute, fun and safe for all the youngsters from 3 up, Sofia the First: The Secret Library is now available of on DVD. One of the most popular Disney series for lasses and ladies, the animated adventures continue with four new episodes. The smooth animation is family friendly and has easy to use guides to all the adventures. Each adventure has a theme associated with a moral or a good deed like creating friendships for instance. Included in the DVD box is a Sofia the First necklace and a Disney movie Rewards code. Read more
Following in the footsteps of an academy award winning animated film is a tough proposition, but Finding Dory shows it’s up to snuff. This spin-off of Finding Nemo takes families on another journey with this time looking for Dory’s parents. Although it can be considered a stand-alone film, the trip has many similarities to Nemo’s big adventure. While this shouldn’t be a problem for even the littlest tyke, parents may yawn a bit, get antsy, and even look at their glow in the dark watch once or twice or maybe even three times. Hopefully the new characters will keep the older folks amused, especially my favorite Hank the octopus. Read more
Arriving this week to home video Zootopia should make a big splash. So far the best animated film this year and it’s perfect for everyone. The family friendly characters are cute and cuddly and you’d even give a big hug to the plushy pushy bad guys. Kids are sure to attempt to try and wear out the disc, but with summer already here, that’s a good thing. Read more
Deliciously decadent, this live action sequel to Alice in Wonderland puts a lot of chaotic energy beyond the original abstract film. This adventure called Alice Through the Looking Glass is packed full of surprises and comedy within the world of fantasy. A little more daring a wonderland, this one takes on a darker shade that may be a bit trying for very young tykes.
I’m not sure if this is exactly what Rudyard Kipling would have wanted his children’s book to be like on the big screen, but Director/producer Jon Favreau turns family viewing up a notch with a darker version of the 1997 animated The Jungle Book. Using live action with a copious amounts of computer generated images, Favreau takes the classic into the 21st century with realism beyond belief. Adding a lot of scary to his film, the movie becomes more of a jungle battle than an innocent romp in the trees and vegetation while coming in contact with some comical characters. Read more
The cute, brave and cuddly animals of Disney’s Lion King take over your DVD player in Lion Guard: Return of the Roar. Fun filled for the youngsters this new adventure tells a coming of age for Simba’s growing up cub Kion. It has strong values like making the right decision, leadership, friendship, bravery and identifying the strengths of others. It plays best to boys, but the girls will have fun too because the music’s lively and Simba’s daughter Kiara has a role in the film as well. Read more
Last year’s Disney film Cinderella came out around the same time as this Friday’s release of Disney’s Zootopia. While Cinderella’s March release went on to make a massive amount of money for the mouse house, time will tell if an animated film directed to families will do the same. Certainly Zootopia has a good storyline with a message that it doesn’t matter who you are, you can make your dreams come true, “as long as you work hard to accomplish them”. With that in mind and an excellent voice cast too boot, the family film should start good out of the gate. Read more
Relive the fun and journey of The Good Dinosaur, Disney/PIXAR’s kid friendly and graphically stunning animated adventure. Now on Blu-ray and DVD, it’s a fun family film that features good values about growing up, facing your fears and friendship. The story may be a little familiar for the teens if they have seen most of the animated films in the past 6 years or so, but the youngsters should love the dinosaurs, Arlo and young Spot.
Cute, cuddly and totally tot entertainment Disney Junior’s Pop Star Minnie has arrived on DVD. The young child friendly episodes are perfect entertainment for the little ones and even older children can chime in on the songs. Just in time for Valentine’s Day the DVD includes an inflatable guitar. Read more
Cobb Theatres Grove 16 in Wesley Chapel, Florida has a new feature. They call it Sensory Friendly Films and it’s geared to families and especially youngsters who can enjoy a film by just being themselves. Read more